A former Georgia high school teacher was taken into custody after she was accused of having a sexual relationship with one of her students.
As per records from Gwinnett County Jail, 25-year-old Sarah Katherine Brooks was charged with a felony count of sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority on Friday. Brooks reportedly had sex with one of her 17-year-old students from Archer High School during off-campus tutoring.
At the time, she was the student's physical education teacher. According to the teenager's mother, the pair had sex at least three times since October. As reported by AJC, once it happened at their family home when the mother was out on work.
Last Tuesday, school principal Ken Johnson sent a letter to the boy's parents, telling them that police had been alerted after school officials discovered the affair.
Soon after this, Brooks resigned from the school. Johnson shared, "On Monday we received a report about this situation and our school immediately contacted the police and the school district's Division of Human Resources. As this has been and continues to be an active police investigation there are not many details I can share."
"However, I can tell you that the teacher has resigned from Gwinnett County Public Schools and the school system will be forwarding information about these allegations to the Professional Standards Commission. While this is not a situation we have experienced at our school previously, one time is too many," he added.
"Ethics matter, and the trust our community places in its educators matters to Archer and to Gwinnett County Public Schools. This is not something we take for granted," he continued.
According to jail records, Brooks was released from jail on an $11,200 bond. This investigation is the latest of many in uncovering sexual relations between educators and their students. In December last year, a former South Gwinnett High School band director pleaded guilty to sexually abusing four students in less than 3 years on the job.
Villie Jones pleaded guilty to 20 charges of sexual assault by a person with supervisory or disciplinary authority. For his crime, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and received 20 years of probation.